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BGTC: Oulton ParK: Simon Pullan preview

Pullan Pushing For Podium In The Park Rollcentre Racing's Simon Pullan will head to Oulton Park in Cheshire this coming weekend ready to take on all-comers in his quest for the BRDC's British GT Championship GTO class title. Pullan and...

Pullan Pushing For Podium In The Park

Rollcentre Racing's Simon Pullan will head to Oulton Park in Cheshire this coming weekend ready to take on all-comers in his quest for the BRDC's British GT Championship GTO class title.

Pullan and team-boss Martin Short currently lead the championship standings by a comfortable thirty-point margin. With four rounds remaining, eighty points are still up for grabs.

"There's a third of the season left to run so Martin and I will take the exact same approach in this race as we have for the previous eight," Pullan says. "We'll aim to be as consistent as we can and pick up as many points as possible. Obviously a win would be the perfect result and push us that little bit closer to the title but as usual, a podium finish is the least we will be hoping for."

Set in rolling parkland, the 2.7-mile Oulton Park circuit is one of the most challenging venues on the 2002 British GT calendar. As at Rockingham four weeks ago, Pullan goes into the weekend without any previous race experience of the circuit. This time around though, the 19-year-old Potterhanworth local does have the benefit of two track days' worth of experience.

"Oulton is known as one of the trickier layouts for a driver to learn," Pullan comments. "Although I haven't raced there, I've driven the circuit twice during track days; once in a road going TVR and more recently, in a Caterham. That experience will stand me in good stead come the official test day in the Xavex Texaco Tuscan R on Friday."

Arguably the class of the GTO field this season, the Rollcentre Racing TVR Tuscan R enters un-chartered territory at Oulton Park due to the fact it debuted in the British GT series one race after last year's Cheshire outing.

"The Tuscan R isn't ideally suited to Oulton owing to the number of slow corners but it has proved itself to be a very good and versatile car," Pullan says. "We will aim to exploit the higher speed sections of the track as that's where the car is particularly strong and where we'll be able to steal a march on our rivals."

Winners last time out at Rockingham, the main challenge to Pullan and Short's stranglehold on the series is expected to come from the Veloqx Motorsport-run Ferrari 360 NGT of Calum Lockie/Jamie Davies. Also in the hunt at Oulton Park will be a second Veloqx Ferrari 360 NGT, BTCC driver David Leslie in a third Ferrari 360 and returning Porsche team PK Sport.

-sp/ea-

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